Rams’ DE William Hayes Thinks Dinosaurs Are A Hoax — Mermaids May Be Real, However
Rick Chandler 02:43 pm, December 30th, 2015
I'd like to know just what the hell Winston-Salem State is doing on its campus. First you guys give the world Stephen A. Smith, and now Rams' DE and notorious dinosaur truther William Hayes. Yep, it seems that Hayes doesn't believe that dinosaurs ever existed. ESPN:
"No, I don't believe dinosaurs existed," Hayes said earlier this month. "Not even a little bit. With these bones, it's crazy because man has never seen a dinosaur, we can agree on that, right? But we know exactly how to put these bones together? I believe there is more of a chance you will find a mermaid than you will a dinosaur because we find different species in the water all the time."
Note the "earlier this month" part above. ESPN's Nick Wagoner got these quotes roughly three weeks ago, and somehow didn't rush to his laptop and write an entire 30-for-30 script based on them.
The Rams' Chris Long loves dinosaurs, according to Wagoner, and continually chides Hayes on the subject. "He thinks archaeologists place bones underground like a parent would place Easter eggs," Long told ESPN.
"I don't understand how [Long] just believes in dinosaurs," Hayes said. "That's just crazy to me. We know they died. We know what a T-Rex eats? That don't sound crazy to you? We have never seen a dinosaur before but we know exactly where every single rib [was] and which rib goes where."
This kind of stuff is usually connected to religion, of course. If the world is only 6,000 years old, as some devout Christians believe, then there couldn't have been dinosaurs. But what of the bones? Well, obviously they must have been planted as some sort of elaborate hoax.
This isn't the first dinosaur truther we've run across in pro sports, however.
From Tom Verducci's 2000 Sports Illustrated interview with then-Rex Sox outfielder Carl Everett:
"God created the sun, the stars, the heavens and the earth, and then made Adam and Eve," Everett said last Friday, before the Red Sox lost two of three in Atlanta. "The Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can't say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Someone actually saw Adam and Eve. No one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus rex."
What about dinosaur bones?
"Made by man," he says.
Then again, you can't say Jesus, or God, ever existed if no one ever saw them. At least with dinosaurs we have bones. And Steven Spielberg.
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